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'Wellbeing Award'

We are proud to have achieved the Wellbeing Award for Schools in March 2023.

The Wellbeing Award for Schools - St Bernard's Certificate

Wellbeing Award for Schools

WAS Verification Report

Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Policy

Vision Statement

At St Bernard’s, we are committed to promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing to all students, their families and members of staff and governors. The school's caring ethos and environment has a major impact on staff wellbeing and there is a whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Through the use of effective policies and procedures we ensure a safe and supportive environment for all affected – both directly and indirectly – by mental health issues. Mental Health issues often begin during school aged years. Early intervention is crucial. The school’s role in this is summarised in four points – prevention, identification, early support and access to specialist support.

At St Bernard’s there are clear expectations of behaviour. St Bernard’s is a calm, safe predictable environment. Staff and student's wellbeing is promoted implicitly through lived values and attitudes and through the curriculum. Mental Health is not stigmatised. All staff understand behaviour as a method of communication and there is flexibility in the behaviour policy to allow for behaviours that are the result of emotional difficulties.

There is a clear pathway of identification and referral, both internally and to specialist services. Families, outside agencies and the wider community are proactively engaged in the life of the school. The designated mental health lead is a trained member of staff who is responsible for the school's approach to mental health.

Resources for Students

 Wellbeing poster january 2023

All staff have had training in mental health – spotting signs and symptoms, knowing what to say and where to get further help.

You can talk to any member of staff about your wellbeing.

Wellbeing Representatives

Each form group has a Wellbeing Representative.  All Wellbeing Reps have taken part in training and will be able to point you in the right direction if you need support.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Support


Students Online Resource List

Resources for Staff

Staff Wellbeing Representatives

Support Staff

Mrs Parker and Miss Hockey

English Department

Mrs Robinson

RE Department

Guido Amari

Creative and Performing Arts Faculty

Mrs Oculi-Dinal

Humanities Faculty

Miss Devon

Emerging Technologies Faculty

Mrs Symons

Science Department

Mr Brophy and Mrs Tomlinson

Maths Department

Miss Jaafar


Mrs Evans


Mrs Holden

Staff Online Resource List:

Resources for Parents and Carers

Young Health Champions

The Young Health Champion Programme has been running for four years and St Bernard’s has been involved since the beginning. Each year in February six Year 12 students are selected to take part in the course. Students who complete the programme will receive a Level 2 Royal Society of Public Health qualification — equivalent of a GCSE — and are expected to plan and deliver emotional wellbeing campaigns. The initiative is led by the local charity – Aik Saath/Together As One.

At our school the Young Health Champions take a leading role with assemblies and Mental Health and Wellbeing drop down days.

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